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Caroline recovery program to hold first graduation

Press release:

 

The Caroline County Recovery Court Program First Graduation

Bowling Green, VA—The Caroline County Recovery Community Center, managed by The McShin Foundation, is hosting its first annual Recovery Court Program graduation on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 6PM.

The White House Deputy Director of the Office Of Drug Control Policies (ONDCP) will be attending this historical event and you are all invited. There will be others in attendanceas well, Caroline County Commonwealth Attorney Tony Spencer, Bowling Green Mayor David Storke, President of McShin John Shinholser, CCRCC Program Director Frank Brewer and many more speakers.

This graduation is the first for a court referral program funded by consumers and services provided by peers.  There will be heavy hor’derves and refreshments.  We would like to congratulate all graduates and recognize all the hard work they have accomplished during their time in the program.

 

Any communities that can’t afford a drug court, but you have a Recovery Community Organization and a motivated Commonwealth Attorney (and open minded judges) you can pilot a similar program.

This is a pre-judicated court referral program, funded by consumer participation, services delivered by recovery coaches/peers, and partial reimbursements from justice saving (jail savings).

We have around 30 clients in this program and have been up and running for 14 months. One of the requirements for graduation is to complete the 4 phases as well as to stay clean for a year.  There are 4 graduates in the first graduating class, which is over 11% of total consumers, but over 30% considering the first 2 months of the program start we only had 10 consumers.

This is a simple yet very effective and common sense program McShin developed for any group of interested stake holders in the state to utilize for no cost.  We will provide free training, as well asfree certified recovery coaching materials, free authentic advocate training and much more.  McShin’s mission in part is to help any stakeholder in Virginia regardless of agency or click affiliation.  We are truly looking out for all of us all the time.

For more information on this event, contact The Caroline County Recovery Community Center at             804.632.6015       or visit their website at:  http://caroline.mcshin.org/ or The McShin Foundation atwww.mcshin.org

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